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USA:ObamaCare explained

October 2013 ObamaCareFacts; The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) increases the quality, accessibility and affordability of health insurance. In exchange most people, who can afford to, must obtain health coverage by 2014 or pay a per month fee. The law eliminates pre-existing conditions, stops insurance companies from dropping you when you …

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LIBERIA:College of Physician and Surgeons launched

October 2013 Heritage;The Government of Liberia(GOL) has launched the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons, a professional institution established by law to train medical specialists in surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology to independently manage surgical and medical problems to the highest level of competence. The Liberia College of Physicians …

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WHO urges end to Childhood TB deaths

October 2013 VibeGhana;The death of more than 74 000 children from tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first ever action plan developed specifically on the disease. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) “Roadmap for Childhood TB: Toward Zero Deaths,”, launched on Tuesday by global TB …

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USA: The Early Impact of the Affordable Care Act

September 2013 Brookings;  Abstract; I examine the impact of state policy decisions on the early impact of the ACA using data through the first half of 2014. I focus on the individual health insurance market, which includes plans purchased through exchanges as well as plans purchased directly from insurers. In …

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UGANDA:Child Births, Deaths Registered By Phone

September 2013 TheObserver; Children countrywide are now being registered at birth using the mobile vital records system (MVRS), a new pilot technological innovation. MVRS has been developed by the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) with the support of Unicef. The system uses internet connected computers in hospitals and mobile phones …

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KENYA:Sees Drop in HIV Prevalence

September 2013 IRIN; Kenya’s HIV prevalence fell from 7.2 percent to 5.6 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to the preliminary results of the latest Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS), but officials fear that unless the country reduces its reliance on donor funding for its HIV programmes, these gains will …

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